I have re-read the book High in the empty blue
, by Alex Revell. Great Squadron history.
One thing that makes me curious is the fight 7 May 1917, when Rhys-Davids
barely made it for his own lines with a dud engine. He was fighting a "bright red and green beggar" he states in a letter. Mr. Revell states that this plane was flown by Kurt Wolff
, Jasta 11. What evidence can he put forward?
If I am not wrong, Kurt Wolff was posted to command Jasta 29 6th May.
And that late flight from Jasta 11 fighting 56 Squadron that evening was led by Lothar von Richthofen
. According to Wilhelm Allmenröder, the other pilots was Mohnicke and Simon (or Esser).
It seems more likely that R-D fought Simon in his red Albatros with a green band around fuselage. The same plane in which he was taken prisoner almost a month later. Maybe that also explains why R-D managed to escape. Simon did not posses the same determination and will of Kurt Wolff.
If Wolff had been in the plane R-D most likely would have been shot down dead or taken POW with a shot up plane.